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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1


Mrs Morrison is the Sycamore Class teacher and Mrs Radcliffe is our learning support assistant.



Welcome to the Autumn term in year one! Both Mrs Radcliffe and I are excited that you are joining us in year one and can't wait to get started with our learning using a pirates theme for the first half term.  



The main year 1 PE slot is a Friday where we will be learning ball skills with Mr Holmes.  Please ensure your child has outdoor shoes that they can do up independently, any children with ear piercings have removed them or covered them with tape and that their hair is tied up on this day.  We will also be doing PE at various points throughout the week including daily mindfulness/yoga so please ensure PE kits are in school at all times.



Please remember to read with your child as much as possible- a minimum of five times per week.  It needs only to be a few pages from their school book, a home book or even from their Bookbug account.  Children should also be completing a maths challenge which could be discussing the time to o'clock, counting in 2s,5s or 10s or even just playing a board game using dice.  Please briefly record both of these tasks in your reading diary and on your maths cards.  Additional homework will be set on a Thursday and will be due in on the following Tuesday at the latest.


Please feel free to contact me if required.  Mornings are quite hectic but I am available most days after school for a quick chat.


Mrs Morrison 

Children will be doing outside P.E throughout the year as much as possible.  Please equip them with leggings/joggers.  They are also welcome to wear a tracksuit top.  

What we are learning about in the first half term of Autumn



Phonics is of great importance in Year 1.  We build on the phase 3 and 4 sounds taught in Year R, learning phase 5 and learning to blend with fluency.  The children will be able to read both real words and made up words, adding sound buttons to identify the different sounds in the words. I cant recommend watching Mr Thorne Does Phonics on YouTube highly enough and for a fun, interactive website then I would suggest PhonicsPlay. 


Mr Thorne-




Please see examples of sound buttons alongside the different phase sounds mats below:


Adding Sound Buttons

Adding Sound Buttons 1
Adding Sound Buttons 2
Adding Sound Buttons 3
Adding Sound Buttons 4